Saul Eslake urges faster affordable housing growth in Tasmania

The Tasmanian government should consider using extra tools to encourage faster growth in affordable housing, economist Saul Eslake says.

Those should include the planning system, as a way to encourage the private sector and the community sector to increase the rate of affordable housing supply growth, Mr Eslake said at a recent affordable housing discussion in Hobart.

”Tasmania simply doesn’t have enough social housing to meet the needs of disadvantaged citizens,” Mr Eslake said.

He said the stock of public and community housing decreased by 393 (2.9 per cent) between June 2013 and June 2017, according to Productivity Commission figures.

He said in June 2017 there were about 192 public or community dwellings per 1000 households in the lowest socio-economic fifth of the Tasmanian population, compared to a national average of 225.

“Although this is a rough calculation, it’s broadly consistent  with the Grants Commission’s analysis suggesting that Tasmania spent about $30 million (or 18.5 per cent) less in 2016-17 than it would have needed in order to provide housing services at a similar standard to the average of all states and territories,” he said.

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Source: The Advocate

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